GLAUCOMA PATIENTS STAY BALANCED USING OCULUS RIFT

It is almost certainly recognized that virtual reality, will be brought to the mainstream with a helping hand from the gaming community.  From then it's predicted VR will sweep across our lives in many other areas.  The medical field, just one of many areas.

A recent study published in the journal Ophthalmology, states that virtual reality works best to test balance control.  People with and without Glaucoma, where recently invited to participate in this new study.  

While wearing the Oculus Rift headset and standing on a platform that simulates movement, the patients reactions were monitored by researchers.  Results concluded that patients with glaucoma, made a 40 percent increase in effort to regain balance, compared to patients without the eye disease.

Dr. Felipe A. Medeiros stated that traditional ways of testing, does not mimic everyday movement of ordinary people, however the Oculus Rift does.  It is hoped that in the future with the use of VR, it could be used to prevent people at high risk falling.

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